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DC Oral History Collaborative

Collections Survey

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The DC Oral History Collaborative has created an-easy-to use finding guide that documents the locations, metadata, and state of preservation for 30 DC repositories. The Collaborative looked into repositories, cultural institutions, and other organizations currently holding relevant oral history recordings in order to discover the range of existing materials.

In many cases this collections survey is the first publicly available information on invaluable recordings held by dozens of city institutions. By including content information, the survey brings to light gaps in the record of DC lives so that oral historians can build upon (rather than duplicate) existing interviews. Please note that histories of federal agencies or events that are strictly national in nature are not included in this survey, but oral histories that feature Washingtonians employed by the federal government are included.

Repositories Included in the Survey to Date